Positive Psychology

The glass half-full or a hopeful outlook: Which explains more variance in interpersonal suicide risk in a psychotherapy clinic sample?

Recent research has suggested that constructs in the field of positive psychology may be important for understanding suicide risk. Specifically both hope theory and dispositional optimism have been linked to lower levels of suicidal ideation and interpersonal suicide risk....

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Processing fluency positive affect and judgments of meaning in life

This study examined the effects of processing ease on judgments of meaning in life (MIL) employing a common manipulation of fluency font styles. One hundred and three adults completed a questionnaire assessing MIL with items printed in one of four fonts that differed in readability....

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Relationship of hardiness grit and emotional intelligence to internet addiction excessive consumer spending and gambling

Hardiness is conceptualized as the courage that protects against such effects of denial and avoidance of life’s stressors as internet addiction excessive consumer spending and gambling. Also relevant protections may be grit and emotional intelligence (EI)....

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Self- and peer-rated character strengths: How do they relate to satisfaction with life and orientations to happiness?

This paper addresses the question as to whether previously reported findings on a positive relation between character strengths satisfaction with life and orientations to happiness (OTH) can be replicated for peer ratings of character strengths. A sample of 334 Swiss adults completed questionnaires and collected informant ratings by 634 peers....

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Thanks? Gratitude and well-being over the Thanksgiving holiday among college students

This study examined the interaction of the Thanksgiving holiday with gratitude in relation to well-being using a three-week long daily diary design with a sample of 172 undergraduate students....

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Resilience: A Common or Not-So-Common Phenomenon?

In my last article I discussed the emergence of “positive psychology” as an area of research and practice that focuses on human strengths and virtues rather than on weaknesses and pathology. This past week I read a thought-provoking article by Dr....

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Positive psychology at work: A conceptual review state-of-practice assessment and a look ahead

Positive psychological principles have become increasingly prevalent in the workplace in recent years. However the field still lacks a comprehensive and practice-based overview of this important trend....

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2011 Video Interview with Robert Brooks, PhD

An Exclusive Video Interview with Dr. Robert Brooks conducted by Joan Ryan, JD and Founding Fellow of the Institute for the 2011 Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference.

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The People from Whom We Gather Strength

In my writings and presentations about the theme of resilience I always highlight the notion of a “charismatic adult,” a term introduced by the late psychologist Julius Segal. I cited him in last month’s article....

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About Ryan Niemiec

Biography of Ryan Niemiec

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